Ana Silvera

Ana Silvera

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Following widely praised showcase at SXSW Festival, 2009 is proving to be a seminal year for this highly original London-based singer/songwriter. Ana Silvera's ability to weave intense, poetical story-telling into hauntingly tender melodies saw her named recently as a 'major talent in the offing'

Biography

2009 is proving to be a seminal year for this highly original singer, songwriter and musician. Having just completed her first studio album recorded in both NYC and London, Ana’s ability to weave intense, poetical story-telling into hauntingly tender melodies creates a musical journey that is widely tipped to go mainstream this year.

“What interests me is telling archetypal stories in a new way, unfolding things from unexpected perspectives” says Ana, who has been inspired by everything from her own life experiences to those of a starlet in war-torn Paris, a biblical and murderous Salome, an Irish choirboy and a dead poet’s wife.

Ana’s musical education began at a very young age with classical training and solo performances for the English National Opera. She learned both piano and guitar as a child and added jazz to her repertoire during the “throes of an adolescent semi-rebellion”. An English Literature degree followed, providing a wealth of inspiration and ideas for her song writing. Ana then gave into wanderlust for a while. She spent four months sleeping under a fig tree in Ibiza, soaked up the romance of Paris and moved to Berlin to hone her craft in hideouts like Café Harlem and In Eimer, as well as the renowned jazz den, A-Trane.

Currently dwelling in Brooklyn, Ana’s eventful life has shaped her song-writing style. “Events that we experience affect each of us and our lives in very different ways. In the words of Anais Nin, ‘We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are’.” She describes her songs as of “the lush, tender, waltzy order." Think Jacques Brel in English, with fewer Gauloises, plus a pinch of Regina Spektor and Leonard Cohen thrown in for good measure.

Ana’s influences range from Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright and French icons Barbara and Charles Aznavour to J.S. Bach, Schumann and Debussy, while her style has earned her the deserved title of an English 'Nouvelle Chanteuse'. Recent performance highlights have included introductory gigs in New York where she was accompanied by Antony and the Johnsons’ bassist, Jeff Langston, along with regular stints at the Soho Revue Bar, Union Chapel and the West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge. Reviewers certainly rave about her ‘gloriously supple voice’ (Wears the Trousers Magazine), the ‘pure poetry’ (Time Out) of her songs and the ‘epic and intimate’ (The Liberal Magazine) performances she delivers time and again.

Working with NYC-based musical director / arranger Maxim Moston (Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Linda Thompson) and producer Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson), Ana is currently recording her first studio album. An intimate account of her own and many other vivid character's life and loves, the eagerly awaited collection will be released in June. Before then, she can be caught at SXSW in March 2009 and select venues in the UK, US and Europe.

Set List

Setlist varies but is made up of original songs either performed with piano, guitar and accompanied by a cellist.

Occasional challenging and unexpected covers are sometimes thrown in from Ne Me Quitte Pas to Britney Spears Womenizer